University Climate Survey
K-State 2025 calls for "a work environment that encourages creativity, excellence, and high morale in faculty and staff, responds to changing needs, embraces diversity, values communication and collaboration, and is respectful, trusting, fair, and collegial for all." As we move towards 2025, we will implement climate surveys for faculty, staff, and students, beginning with a university climate survey of all employees this year. While K-State has conducted its own climate surveys and participated in national climate surveys in the past, this will be our first comprehensive climate survey including faculty, unclassified professionals, and classified staff on all three campuses.
Why is such a climate survey important to our future? A university climate survey can tell us how our faculty and staff perceive the K-State environment and discover areas for meaningful improvement. The results can be a driving force for changes in policies and practices that can foster the type of university environment envisioned by K-State 2025 and promote success for all.
A University Climate Survey Committee has been charged to oversee the implementation of a university climate survey that addresses diversity and inclusion; respect and collegiality; communication, collaboration, and cooperation; and the overall work and academic environment. The charge includes the following activities.
- Select an outside consultant, ensuring the methodology utilized collects baseline data that can be used for comparison purposes with future surveys, addresses general needs as well as needs specific to our three campuses and to our diverse faculty and staff, ensures confidentiality of respondents given the sensitivity of this type of survey, and employs professional best practices in the field of climate survey methodology.
- Ensure involvement of representatives from our various faculty and staff constituent groups at the appropriate stages throughout the process.
- Promote broad participation by faculty and staff with appropriate communication and incentive strategies.